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[VIC] Free Entry to Australian Open Qualifying at Melbourne Park (14-17 January 2020)

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Once again, this year entry to Melbourne Park during Australian Open qualifying days is free.

This is a fantastic freebie in the AO tennis program every year, but judging by past turnouts not everyone knows about this great free experience that awaits anyone who has the time.

The men’s and women’s singles qualifying takes place on the outside courts and runs over four days from Tuesday 14 January to Friday 17 January with free entry for the public.

Locate the best entrance gate for you, go through security and roam among the outside courts until you find a match that interests you, sit down and enjoy.

No booking or ticketing applies during the qualifying pre-tournament period.

Gates open at 9:30am and play starts at 10am. Evening visitors should check on the AO website for live updates to see if matches are still in progress. There is usually still some play happening until around 7 to 9pm at night.

UPDATE

Who to watch AO2020 qualifying
https://ausopen.com/articles/news/who-watch-ao2020-qualifyin...

Order of play
https://ausopen.com/schedule

Tournament schedule
https://ausopen.com/tournament-schedule

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    Does anyone know when the draw will come out for these matches?

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      A day before to prevent match fixing

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    Are there proper seats provided?

    Is there a map, or how do we find the relevant matches that are free on those dates?

    I've never been, and would be keen.

    Thanks OP

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      It depends where the match is. Most showcourts or stadiums will have seats available. Generally it's only the practice courts that won't have seats. There's maps all over the grounds and they're handed out at the gates if needed.

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    Nice get to see Hyeon Chung for free with my Korean girlfriend

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      He should have been given a wildcard. He was in the semi-final only two years ago, missed most of last year through injury, and Craig Tiley is continually promoting this as the "Grand Slam of Asia-Pacific"….yeah right. /rant

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        Not quite how that works.

        Asia Pacific gets 1 wildcard spot based on the results of an Asia Pacific Wildcard Playoff. See results of which Tatsuma Ito won and thus won the wildcard.

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    Great time of the year to be in Melb and you've got time to go. Tradies are still putting stuff up and not everything's open or ready to go though.

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    Does anyone have exact address where these matches are happening?

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      Melbourne Park, multiple courts. Can't miss it. :)

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        Are you going Neil?

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          Not for qualifying. Got a discount ground pass.

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            @neil: Oh, did you get the multi day pass or the single day pass?

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            @neil: Also do you know what the difference between the “Ground Pass” and the “Court Pass” is?

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              @WoodYouLikeSomeCash: Ground pass gets you into everywhere other than Rod Laver and Margaret Court Arena.

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                @neil: Oh Ok, Thanks very much for the info. I guess now I’ll have to wait for the fixture until I make my decision.

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                @neil: What day did you go?

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                  @WoodYouLikeSomeCash: Monday. In hindsight, today would have been an amazing day to go. 96 singles matches vs. 64 normally, perfect weather. Oh well.

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                    @neil: Oh awesome, unlucky you didn’t go today… I’m going tomorrow and the weather isn’t exactly in my favour :/

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    Thanks Op. Very timely for us, going to Melbourne next Tuesday

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    Thanks OP, I understand that there is a kids day on 18th, just wondering if there is a minimum age for entry to the qualifiers? Appears that my son is showing some interest with tennis…

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      I've seen babies at the tennis, not that it's a good idea. You can easily walk around if the kid (or the adult) gets bored/thirsty/bathroom.

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        Cool, he is in Primary school and so is somewhat controllable.
        Cheers!

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    Website now updated with the order of play and an overview of the who to watch in qualifying.

    Who to watch AO2020 qualifying
    https://ausopen.com/articles/news/who-watch-ao2020-qualifyin...

    Order of play
    https://ausopen.com/schedule

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      A few Aussies on tomorrow. Might go see prince Bernard play and Luke saville

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    Check the conditions first. I've just returned from Spring St and still have a dry tickle in my throat from the haze.

    Melbourne's atmosphere was rated the worst in the world overnight. Several players have quit due to poor air.

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    I was more bothered by heat than haze at the Australian open.

    While the smoke looked a little unsettling it didn't seem to be impacting anyone I saw on day 1 of qualifying.

    I was sorry to see video of one distressed player but glad that the majority played on.

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    Does anyone know if there is free entry tomorrow also?

    Lots of qualifying matches still are still being played on Saturday.

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      Spoke to their customer service. You have to buy a Kids Tennis Day pass to get in today.

      They have sold out online and only have a limited amount to buy at the gate.